IPL Laser Rosacea

Does IPL or photo facial effectively treat Rosacea and how long will the redness stay away?

Doctor Answers 26

IPL vs. Laser

IPL is Intense Pulsed light.  The light is scattered and it can sometimes work on redness, sometimes on dark spots, sometimes on hair. Lasers, on the other hard are specific, each laser has a unique target or chromophore.  In the case of rosacea, the target is the color red. The V-Beam laser (V-beam Perfecta being the latest version) is the gold standard for treating rosacea or unwanted redness of any kind in the skin. 

I have seen amazing results with the V-Beam for the treatment of rosacea. 

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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IPL / BBL for rosacea

These light based treatments can be very effective for the redness and flushing component of rosacea. By treating the blood vessels, the vascular response is diminished. We have seen dramatic results for patients with rosacea even in patient who were suffering from stinging and burning from their rosacea . After several treatments their symptoms were gone. Please note the worse your rosacea, the more treatments you will need for optimal results. Lastly, none of the laser or light based devices will "cure" you of rosacea . We are just treating one part of the problem and your genetic backgorund and environmental exposure, diet  and UV exposure will be important to keep things in check.

Shawn Allen, MD
Boulder Dermatologist
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IPL Treatments Will Help Rosacea along with Medical Care from Dermatologist

IPL treatments are great for rosacea and the redness associated with it. They were created for removing red — and this is the perfect place to use it. Many say IPLs or the pulsed dye laser are sometimes considered the treatment of choice here. IPLs are a great choice for rosacea, either alone, but even better in combination with appropriate medical care given by a dermatologist.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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IPL is an excellent choice for facial redness, and the fact that you are fair skinned makes the choice of doing a laser procedure even better since you are at low risk of complications. You will likely need a series of 6-8 treatments spaced a month apart each, and should place on being out of the sun immediately before and after these treatments.

Another very effective option is the flash-lamp pulsed dye laser (FLPD) at 585 or 595nm. The most current and effective FLPD laser on the market is the "V-Beam". This is the gold standard to facial vessels and rosacea, although, some would argue that IPL can give you very comparable results.

After you get your rosacea treated, the effect should last about 1 year plus or minus. It is NOT uncommon to have to return for yearly or even semi-annual touchups. Please discuss your laser and the treatment plan thoroughly with your physician before beginning your sessions. Best of luck!

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
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IPL is great for treating redness

IPL (intense pulsed light) can be very effective in treating redness on the skin, including rosacea, especially if you are fair skinned. Rosacea unfortunately cannot be cured permanently at this time, but IPL can certainly help to manage it, and I have seen great results at my practice in achieving an even skin tone that can last for years with proper maintenance. V-beam is also a great laser for treating redness.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Rosacea is chronic, requires maintenance & IPL works.

Rosacea is a condition that is usually chronic, which is not to say that it is not treatable, just that repeat treament over the years may be required for maintenance of improvement. IPL, which is a LIGHT, not a laser, does work well, and usually requires at least a few sessions to give improvement. The V beam llaser is also effective, and faster/less sessions for results. From time to time repeat sessions may be needed as symptoms, (redness), return.

Debra Irizarry, MD
Crestone Plastic Surgeon
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IPL and Rosacea

Rosacea is a generic term used to describe redness of the face, often with associated hypervascularity.  Treating rosacea often involves investigating the inciting cause of redness (there is a whole list) and this can be coupled with either IPL or a laser device.  The newer IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) systems are much more effective at treating than older devices.  This is in part due to changes in flash lamp technology and other tweaks in the technology such as placement of cutoff filters.  Since rosacea is a chronic condition patients will often need repeated treatments of IPL or any other treatment to be effective.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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IPL Laser Rosacea

IPL is a good treatment for rosacea. However, you will need to identify an experienced and expert treating physician who can put you on a series of IPLs appropriate to your condition. The norm is 4 to 8 treatments spaced between 4 to 6 weeks.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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IPL for Rosacea

IPL can be great for rosacea and vessels on the face. You can greatly minimize redness and close off vessels depending on the severity of the rosacea or vessels.  How long the redness stays away and the vessels stay closed is something that is monitored after a treatment. However, many patients diagnosed with rosacea will need multiple treatments until they plateau with results.  This process is often repeated every couple of years. Many patients maintain results well by doing a touch up treatment a few times a year. 

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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IPL: Effective Treatments for Rosacea and Facial Redness

The signs of Rosacea are facial redness and broken capillaries ---are easily treated with many laser therapies. Some lasers are more harsh on the skin than others. The Limelight IPL is a non-invasive method of targeting the pigmented redness and minimizing the telangiectasias ( tiny veins).

We advise monthly IPL treatments with LimeLight until clear ( usually 2 or 3 ) and then maintenance IPL treatments every 3-4 months to minimize correction. You'll be surprised how easily laser treatments such as Cutera's Limelight or Genesis can help to eliminate the broken blood vessels!

Ronald Moser, MD
San Juan Capistrano Physician
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